Staff Members

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Mackenzie Adams

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Mackenzie graduated from Indiana University in 2018. She creates social media posts, email newsletters, print materials, website updates and drives our annual Pet Photo Contest. Mackenzie is passionate about the mission at Pets Alive and loves seeing all the animals we care for. She had many different pets growing up, and now supports Pets Alive from her home in Colorado.

Erik Aten

Veterinary Assistant

Erik comes to Pets Alive with experience in the world of general veterinary practice and honors certification as a veterinary assistant from the Animal Behavior College. Erik cares for two cats and lives in Bloomington.

Angela Carr

Veterinary Assistant

Angela has been a Veterinary Assistant with Pets Alive since 2017. Our resident “Cat Lady”, she spends her days in the Cat Room, checking in all the cats and ferals and alerting the vet to any health issues, administering anesthesia, then providing post-op care as everyone recovers from surgery. Angela has two sons: Avery, a Political Science major at IU, and Ethan, currently at Boot Camp with the USMC. Her love of animals continues at home for her two dogs, Cheesy Larry and Brawndo, and her cats, Keira O’Patrick and Pocket.

Lydia Chandler

Veterinary Assistant

Lydia joined our team in November 2021 as a part-time wellness clinic assistant. She has been a small business owner for over 14 years, and recently decided to further her education by pursuing a degree in veterinary nursing through Purdue University. She is passionate about helping others, including our 4-legged friends and is excited for this new chapter in her life. Lydia, her husband and 2 children live in Bloomington with their 2 dogs: Oreo and Uno, and 2 cats; Kennedy and Turtle.

Dr. Nancy Ferguson


Dr. Ferguson graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1985. After eight years of private practice, she began working with spay/neuter clinics and participated in the Association of Shelter Veterinarian’s Task Force to Advance Spay and Neuter. In 2005, Dr. Ferguson was the first veterinarian to join the Pets Alive team, performing the first spay surgery at the clinic. In 2015, she also performed the 100,000th surgery.

Dr. Jess Gilliatt


Dr. Gilliatt graduated from Western University of Health Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Because she was born and raised in Indiana, she knew she wanted to leave the city life and head home. Jess worked in general practice for a few years, but found a passion in affordable and accessible veterinary care with an interest in spay/neuter initiatives. Dr. Gilliatt cares for two dogs, Mosby and Lily. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, hiking, traveling and playing video games.

Suzanne Hampton

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne has lived in Bloomington for 30 years and came to us in March 2019 after 15 years of customer service. She wanted to work somewhere that matters and loves that she gets to make a positive impact on the lives of cats and dogs. Suzanne enjoys working with her co-workers, and the animals she gets to cuddle is an awesome perk! She has lots of pets herself including 3 dogs – Glorria, Daphanne, and Twiggie. Suzanne adopted her dogs after fostering them and has rescued and fostered/adopted many cats as well.

Allison Hess

Executive Director

Allison earned degrees in Animal Behavior from the University of Michigan and Education from Indiana University. She cares for numerous Pets Alive and Bloomington Animal Shelter graduates, including her best friend Luna, as well as a flock of hens rescued from animal agriculture (Bea, Rosie, Opal + Edith Lillian). Allison has lived in Bloomington since the last century and has a broad range of nonprofit leadership experience.

Dan Jones

Veterinary Assistant

Dan was a part of Pets Alive for 8 years and we are incredibly excited about his return. Dan lives in Spencer and still cares for the cat he rescued not long after he joined Pets Alive all those years ago! Dan’s knowledge, compassion and commitment to our work are strong.

Mary Judson

Office Manager

Mary is from Connecticut but she has lived in Bloomington for over 20 years. She was previously an office manager for 14 years before joining our team in January 2019. She loves greeting the animals every day and working for a cause that she believes in. Mary has 4 dogs and 5 cats of her own that greet her every day when she comes home.

Dr. Theresa Navarro


Dr. Navarro was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 2002. She started her career focusing on spay/neuter and shelter medicine, working at two animal shelters—one in Minnesota and one in Nevada. Dr. Navarro then relocated to Indiana to focus on spay/neuter full-time. Currently, her time at Pets Alive is split between surgery and our Wellness Clinic. Dr. Navarro lives in Greene County on nine acres with her family, which includes people, pets, and farm animals.

Dr. Judy Owens


Dr. Owens is a Bloomington High School North graduate as well as an Indiana University alum. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Owens enjoys traveling the back roads of the USA in a minivan camper, hiking, dancing and whacking at multiflora roses.

Christy Parks

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Christy has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine and joined our team in 2021. She enjoys working with the team at Pets Alive towards the mission of ending pet overpopulation. Christy lives in Mitchell with her dogs Reese and Max, and cat Sissy.

T.J. Pickett

Veterinary Assistant

T.J. joins the Pets Alive team with years of experience in veterinary medicine and animal care. He recently relocated to the area with his family and, since joining the staff of Pets Alive, has adopted two dogs! T.J. has a way with both pets and people, and we are so grateful for his outlook and reliable nature.

Julie Robbins

Veterinary Assistant

Julie officially joins our team after years as one of our most beloved transport partners. She retired from Cummins and has lived in Columbus her entire life. Julie runs BARCO Feral Friends and has brought hundreds of patients to Pets Alive for surgery. She lives with seven very lucky cats!

April Sconyers

Administrative Assistant

April joins our team after several years of being a stay at home mom with her two children and their cat. She has previously worked at a vet kennel and is excited to be working with animals again. April’s favorite part is seeing all of the cute dogs– she feels this is really rewarding work.

Angie Tomlinson

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Angie has over 20 years of experience working with animals including owning her own grooming shop for 18 years. She received a veterinary degree from Harrison College is 2011 and worked as head surgery nurse at BloomingPaws. Angie has a passion for affordable animal welfare. She has a Boxer at home named Gibbs and a Boston Terrier named Anna.

Cathy Williamson

Senior Veterinary Assistant

Cathy grew up in Nashville, Indiana where she helped her father train Beagles. She joined the Pets Alive team in 2006. Cathy works to keep the recovery rooms clean and enjoys giving all the animals love like they are her own. She believes in our mission and enjoys working to help keep animals out of shelters. Cathy has rescued 2 dogs and a cat she now calls her children – Allie, Sarah and Birdie.

Jamie Wires

Operations Director

Jamie began her career in animal welfare at White River Humane Society and has over 16 years of experience in shelter medicine and animal behavior. She joined our team in May 2013 as a Veterinary Assistant to help decrease pet overpopulation in our area. With over 9 years’ experience in many capacities of Pets Alive, Jamie is currently our Operations Director. She shares her home with dogs Daisy Mae, Ruger, Rocket, Ally and several cats.

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